Social Distancing Strategies Among Employees

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World Health Organization (WHO)

Galit M. Sacajiu, MD, MPH – Director, Medical Education

Social Distancing Strategies​ Guidelines

Teaching Employees About Social Distancing Strategies

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  • Train employees to keep a distance of 6 feet among each other.
  • Promote minimized face-to-face interaction among each other, especially those with older age and/or chronic medical conditions.
  • Encourage contactless greeting methods, such as bowing or prayer hands.

Preparing the Workplace for Social Distancing Strategies

  • In venues where employees mostly take their breaks, make the arrangement of chairs, tables, and other items suitable for social distancing.
  • Set up barriers among employees wherever possible.
  • Put visual cues about social distancing wherever appropriate, such as at entrances or in parking lots.
  • If possible, implement flexible working hours or work-from-home arrangements.
  • Alternate rest periods to avoid crowding in break rooms, elevators, and any other venues.
  • Promote digital communication among employees.

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“Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19.” CDC.
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Galit M. Sacajiu, MD, MPH

Director, Medical Education

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